Manufacturers design beds in four basic sizes: twin, full, queen and king. Variations exist in width, length and thickness within each of these sizes. Queen size beds consist of an innerspring mattress, box spring, metal frame and sometimes a headboard and foot board. Queen size beds are the most popular size, according to Mattress Insider.
Standard queen beds are 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. The style mattress you choose, such as flat or pillow-top, determines its thickness. Manufacturers make box springs in various heights to compensate for thickness of the mattress. You should buy mattresses and box springs as a set since manufacturers designed them to work together. Placing a new mattress on an old box spring may shorten its life and lessen your comfort, according to the Better Sleep Council.
Innerspring mattresses with strong, better-quality tempered steel coils support your weight better, and as a result, provide the most comfort. Mattresses made from cheap metal coils tend to get lumpy as they provide less support. Upholstered fabric covers the inner springs. A big difference exists in quality among the various models. The type of material used, as well as the thickness of its layers, affects your level of comfort. A thick layer of quality material provides the most comfort. Thread count and strength of the fibers determines the quality of any fabric.
Box springs, or foundations, are wooden boxes with either flexible or coiled steel springs. Those with more and thicker springs support the mattress better than thin-gauge wire. However, sometimes there is no difference in the construction of expensive and budget brand labels.
Queen beds need a metal frame with a center support. The bed may break or bow if you install it on a frame without the center support. You can lessen the chance of damaging the floor by placing furniture sliders under the wheels.
Headboard and Foot Board
Headboards and foot boards are optional when assembling a queen bed unless you choose a canopy bed. Consider the room decor and wall coverings when deciding whether to use a headboard or foot board. For example, if you have an antique cedar chest at the bottom of the bed, you may not want a foot board.
- Mattress Insider; How to Choose the Appropriate Mattress Size; 2011
- The Better Sleep Council; Do I Need to Buy a Boxspring?; 2009
- U.S. Mattress; Mattress Size Information; 2011
- The Better Sleep Council; Bed Basics; 2009
- The Better Sleep Council; Mattress Care; 2009
- Absolute fact: Box Spring Construction Facts;2009
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